The editorial in the latest issue of CPI(ML) weekly ML Update discusses the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. The CPI(ML) alleges that the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre are using the attack as a pretext to propose “army deployment and even air force strikes and drone attacks”, and argues that the governments cannot be allowed to dress up an “unconscionable war” on the adivasi people as a “war on Maoists”.
“Instead, there must be an immediate scrapping of Operation Green Hunt, withdrawal of former SPOs from the Chhattisgarh police force and criminal action initiated against all those, including police personnel and Salwa Judum cadre, who stand accused of rape and killing,” it says.
The CPI(ML) states that the Maoist attack cannot be condoned and asserts that the outfit’s “militaristic actions, isolated from democratic movements and political assertion, are counterproductive in developing any mass resistance to the government’s policies…” At the same time, it asks whether the actions of Salwa Judum represent democracy. “The Salwa Judum SPOs stand accused of burning entire villages, raping women and killing countless people. Yet Mahendra Karma and his extra-constitutional terrorist outfit got the backing not only of the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, but of the Union home ministry and the Congress party. Was this democracy?”
BJP’s FOREIGN POLICY
In AN article in People’s Democracy, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat hit out at the BJP for its stand on foreign policy issues. The BJP, he says, has been taking a series of “regressive and jingoistic positions” on foreign policy and on relations with neighbouring countries. “The thrust of the BJP’s stand is to create a confrontation with Pakistan and China and to rouse national chauvinist feelings against these two countries. The approach of the BJP towards relations with Bangladesh is also governed by the same approach,” he adds.